Rebound couple Matt Barnes and baby momma and co-star of VH1’s reality hit show “Basketball Wives L.A.” Gloria Govan have finally tied the knot in Sin City, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
The very low-key nuptials were rumored to have taken place at the famed Little Church of the West with a only a handful of well-wishers in attendance.
The pair, who have twin boys, were engaged two years ago but called off their elaborate wedding right at the 11th hour when guests suddenly received a text message stating that the wedding had been cancelled. At the time, both Govan and Barnes said they didn’t want to rush in to the institution of marriage.
A few weeks later — after the pair had already put the sudden kabosh on their wedding festivities — Barnes was cuffed on suspicion of domestic violence charges. Govan immediately turned into a spin doctor and came to the defense of her then-L.A. Lakers-playing fiance by denying that he ever laid a finger on her.
Yet the Sacramento County Sheriff’s office told another version of the story: Deputy officials stated at the time that Govan, who was then living with Barnes, had very visible injuries when they arrived on the scene, which is why they arrested him after determining that he had been the primary aggressor. Soon after, they decided to go their separate ways yet “remain friends.”
The couple’s marriage is not the only high spot in Barnes’ life right now. The newly signed L.A. Clipper, who was arrested in July on a felony charge of resisting arrest, recently found out that the District Attorney didn’t think his behavior warranted such a charge.
At the time of the “offense,” Barnes had been dining out with Govan in Los Angeles. An officer, who had cited him with two prior traffic offenses, decided to wait for Barnes outside of the restaurant for two hours so that he could arrest him for driving with a suspended license. When the officer tried cuffing Barnes, the NBA player pulled away to hand his car keys to Govan. He was then charged with resisting arrest, which is a felony.
Barnes was able to cut a plea deal on Tuesday and his felony charge was cut down to a misdemeanor, which resulted in a $100 fine, 30 hours of community service, and 13 sessions with a counselor. He was also placed on informal probation for 24 months.
The charge of driving with a suspended license was dismissed when Barnes proved that his license was in fact valid. He did, however, receive a $100 fine and 12 months of informal probation for driving while not in possession of a license.
Even though the couple’s nuptials have not been officially announced, NewsOne managed to get a hold of their marriage certificate.
Barnes and Govan, we wish you the best!